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Ship (from Old English: scip) (Chinese: 船, Dutch: schip, French: navire, German: das Schiff, Greek: πλοίο, Japanese: 船, Russian: корабль, судно, Spanish: barco, navío). Ships are large watercraft capable of offshore navigation; a vessel of considerable size for deep-water navigation.[1]

Ships can be measured in terms of overall length, length of the waterline, beam (breadth), depth (distance between the crown of the weather deck and the top of the keelson), draft (distance between the highest waterline and the bottom of the ship) and tonnage.

As well as being the generic word, "ship" also has a specific meaning: a vessel with bowsprit and three masts, each with topmast and topgallant mast and all square rigged. (See Full-rigged ship.)

Famous ships

Civilian ships War ships

Some terms about ships


A mechanic who makes templates, marks, assembles, and fastens in place plates and shapes for the hull of a ship. Should be able to do any fitting on ship.


A book with a record of every occurrence and incident concerning the ship.


A ship builder, or one who works about a ship. Does wood carpentry on the ship and keeps ships faired. Builds launching ways and launches ship.[2]


See also

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External links



  1. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
  2. Glossary